National Library (Biblioteca Nacional), Santiago

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Housed in a grand neoclassical building with an imposing facade of columns and arches, National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) houses over six million volumes of books and manuscripts. Step inside to behold the diverse interior decoration of the early 20th-century building. Dark reading rooms with heavy wooden paneling contrast the central hall, which has an Internet section separated by modern glass walls. Walk through whitewashed halls with skylights and climb marble staircases holding on to handrails of wrought iron. If you need to rest, an atrium with a coffee stand serves refreshments and light meals. Using our international travel planner, Santiago attractions like National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Is a cable car which leads to the Zoo and to Cerro San Cristóbal. I swear I thought I had a couple of stools, but will everyone standing, holding not to tip. In a way, it's an experience in town, especially if you are with children.
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  • Walking in this library and you're in another world ... Beautiful rooms and also a nice coffee bar. The archive is here also to fixed separate entrance and here was a beautiful photo exhibition
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  • This library is full of history is beautiful has very antique and spectacular places in addition to a library filled with old books is special because you feel an atmosphere of history homeland is located to one side of the road with easy access into the Centre of the city of Santiago some of the photos that are here published is can reveal some of the salons that this library has.
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  • Hidden gem. This national Library was built in a historic building completed in 1925 although its history traces to nineteenth century. Extensive collections include Chile's first newspaper. There is an English speaking information desk. A small section of the library contains children books. Worth a short visit after visiting Santa Lucia
  • Due to the crowds and the name in Spanish, you don't realize that you are walking past it initially, so watch out. Try to take a moment to stop and take it all in. Venture inside and you'll experience it in all its grandeur.
  • Peacefully library in middle of chaotic lovely Santiago to get take in reading
  • A peaceful place to get work done.
  • Great architecture

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